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prosecution as a general condition. and we heard the afghan president hamid karzai say, he's bankly on board, he will make that recommendation to his people. we'll see what happens, though. there are new elections scheduled for afghanistan next year. and he says he will be a retired president. we don't know, obviously, who will be elected the next president of afghanistan. chris lawrence is our pentagon correspondent. chris, hamid karzai did get something very significant from the president of the united states as far as what he sees as his sovereign right. >> that's right. it is getting the prisons that the u.s. military operates turned back over to the afghans and getting the afghan prisoners turned back other to -- >> prisoners being held by the united states in afghanistan or the other nato allies, they will be handed over to the afghans. >> right. as we reported last night, on "the situation room" and earlier today, our sources were telling us, that was what was very important to karzai in terms of sovereignty. he wasn't as caught up on giving sort of the legal protection to u.s. troops
and center today as president obama met with afghan leader hamid karzai. they reported progress in their talks, and said the pace of the security transition will be expedited. at their first face-to-face meeting since may, the leaders announced they're accelerating the handoff from u.s. and coalition forces to afghan troops. >> let me say it as plainly as i can-- starting this spring, our troops will have a different mission: training, advising, assisting afghan forces. it will be an historic moment and another step toward full afghan sovereignty. >> in spring this year, the afghan forces will be fully responsible for providing security to the afghan people. and that the international forces, the american forces, will be no longer present in afghan villages. >> woodruff: afghanistan president hamid karzai has sharply complained that fighting in afghan villages is causing too many civilian casualties. and there've been other strains from koran burnings by american soldiers to deadly insider attacks by afghan soldiers. for now, the u.s. still has 66,000 troops in afghanistan, but
here about corruption and afghanistan, questions whether hamid karzai is a reliable partner and from afghanistan they've been concerned about the civilian casualties after u.s. operations so that sort of sets the scene for this relationship, but at the top of the list, what everyone is focused on is the timetable for u.s. troop withdrawals from afghanistan, as you know, that drawdown supposed to take place in 2014, and there's been some talk here in washington floated about that that number could go down to zero, which concerns some, even over at the pentagon defense secretary panetta saying that that would be a bad idea, but what most likely will be is a few thousand troops on the ground and certainly this is driven by pressure on the president to whether it's political on financial pressure to aggressively draw down troops underground in afghanistan. no doubt that will be part of the discussion today and also as our pentagon folks have been reporting president karzai will be coming to these meetings with a wish list. he needs helicopters. he wants border security surveillance equip
, hamid karzai having lunch with president obama this hour. the two leaders hold a news conference in the next hour. president karzai's visit will help determine how many u.s. troops will remain in afghanistan after the drawdown in 2014. chris lawrence joins us. the white house floated the idea of a zero option, if you like, leaving no troops behind in afghanistan. what's the pentagon think of that and a lot of these people say that really complaint hean'. >> i would say at this point everything is probably still on the table, but you're right, that number zero definitely raise some had eyebrows inside the pentagon. in fact during a press conference yesterday, leon panetta said the stronger position that we take about staying committed and staying in afghanistan, you know, that's how we're going to ultimately get a political reconciliation. in other words, he felt that signaling that the u.s. may pull out all of its troops would weaken the negotiating position about those negotiations with the taliban ever got started again. now, the taliban, that's been one of their demands. all u
, is president obama calling the shots, or is hamid karzai? >>> plus, losing steam and almost out of money, is the tea party dead? >>> and the man accused of murdering 12 people at a colorado movie theater is ordered to stand trial. his lawyers say he's mentally ill. but does it add up? let's go "outfront." >> good evening, everyone, i'm erin burnett. outfront tonight, who's calling the shots? president obama or hamid karzai? obama's mixed messages as to when american troops might come home from the country's longest war in afghanistan raise more questions. here's what president obama said today after meeting with karzai in washington. >> we've already reduced our presence in afghanistan to roughly 66,000 u.s. troops. i've pledged we'll continue to bring our forces home at a steady pace and in the coming months i'll announce the next phase of our drawdown. a responsible drawdown that protects the gains our troops have made. >> in the coming months, the decision on troops is months away. all right, let's rewind one month. here's what defense secretary leon panetta said then. >> the size of
panetta said he intends to stemt u.s. troops from any cuts. >>> the afghan president hamid karzai will hold a meeting today with president obama about troop levels. in advance of that he met with secretary of state hillary clinton about handing off security responsibility to afghan forces by 2014. at one point secretary clinton joked about secretary panetta's plans to retire to his walnut farm in california. >> secretary panetta, in addition to his many years of service, is at heart about walnuts. >> clinton and panetta had a private dinner with karzai at the state department. >>> new information about last year's secret service scandal involving prostitutes in colombia. according to a justice department investigation obtained by nbc news, two drug enforcement agents facilitated a sexual encounter between a prostitute and secret service agent just days before the president's visit in april. agents evidently tried to destroy incriminating information or initially lied to investigators about the incident. the case has been referred to the dea. >>> louisiana governor bobby jindal has
, hamid karzai, as they conclude their press conference, after a long meeting, the two had their ninth summit meeting over the course of this war and the president's first term, most notable out of those comments, the president saying that this war will come in his words, to a responsible end by the end of next year. but this spring, the u.s. role will notably change, with a different mings that afghan forces will be in the lead, no longer u.s. forces. as our pentagon correspondent, jim miklaszewski reminds me, they will still very much be in harm's way in afghanistan and the contentious question of how many troops wil be left behind by the united states after 2014 is still very much the subject of negotiations, more on all of this tonight, on nbc nightly news with brian williams and on "meet the press" on sunday, my guest, colin powell talking about the war and other foreign policy issues on the president's second term. until then, have a good afternoon, i'm david gregory in washington. >>> it has been dubbed the most technologically advanced airliner in the skies, but this morning, n
$2 million and $3 million. >>> president obama and hamid karzai have agreed to speed up moving afghan forces in shifting the u.s. troops into a strictly supporting role. the u.s. has 66,000 troops in afghanistan and a speed-up could move more troops out of the country before the 2014 deadline. >>> back here at home, temperatures dip below the freezing mark this morning to parts of bay area. some in the 20s and there's a freeze warning for early tomorrow as well. and with more on that, let's kick it over now to liz who has the very latest on the weather. liz? >> we bounce back quite nicely from the lows. upper 20s this morning. right now, mainly seeing 40s. a few low 50s. 51 at pacifica. mid 40s in livermore. outside, here's a live look. we are expected to see partly cloudy skies for this afternoon and then for tomorrow as you've mentioned, we got another freeze advisory. how low are we talking? we've got it coming up in a little bit. in the meantime, back to you. >>> a late night shooting killed a teen boy in marange county. >> not sure if
barack obama and hamid karzai since last may when mr. obama committed to remaining in afghanistan after the end of combat operations in 2014. that commitment by the white house appeared to wane recently with the president's national security team telling the pentagon to send them recommendations that would involve no more than 9,000 troops. and leaking on the eve of karzai's arrival that the white house was considering a zero option. >> starting this spring, our troops will have a different mission. training, advising, assisting afghan forces. >> today hi announced it would transition ahead of schedule. plans that worry many in the pentagon as the president weighs how many troops to leave behind. the theory of zero troop option leaving no behind was a bluff to ensure they would grant immunity after 2014. >> nowhere do we have security agreement with country without immunity for the troops. i think president karzai understands that. >> we understand that the issue is specific importance for the united states. >> the quid pro quo is karzai will return to afghanistan with the promise that
be reversible if at all possible. >>> the president today welcomed hamid karzai to the house to discuss the future of our longest war in which more than 3,000 americans and allied military personnel have been killed. the president said all forces in afghanistan will move into a support role starting this spring rather than summer as initially planned he said. the two leaders did not spell out the size of the u.s. force that will stay behind in afghanistan after u.s. troops start leaving next year. >> i can't give you a precise number at this point. i will probably make a separate announcement once i have gotten recommendations from troops, from the generals and our commanders in terms of what that drawdown might look like. >> that is not for us to decide. it is an issue for the united states. numbers are not going to make a difference to the situation in afghanistan. it is the broader relationship that will make a difference to afghanistan and beyond in the region. >> somes commanders have proposed fewer than 10 troops stay in afghanistan after 2014. afghanistan's president is well an i
, washington. >> president he obama welcomed afghan president hamid karzai afghan president hamid karzai to the white housemi plans for a draw down of u.s. troops in afghanistan. saying the u.s. will shift to a support role. change is expected this spring and will allow the u.s. too begin withdrawing some of the 66,000 troops currently deployed to afghanistan. mr. obama says changes will speed up plans to end the war by the year 2014. >> devastating blows we've struck against al qaeda, our core objective. reason we went to war in the first place is now within ensuring al qaeda can never again use afghanistan to launch attacks against our country. >> the president said any agreement on draw downs must include an immunity agreement where u.s. troops are not subject to afghan law. >> vice president biden bhet a group from the video game industry wrapping up a week of conferences about gun violence and safety. electronic arts represented in redwood city. many of the games have been criticized for glamourizing gun violence. ride biden said the school shooting in newtown made just about everyo
president hamid karzai will be at the white house today. what he wants from the u.s. after nato forces leave afghanistan next year. >>> how one north bay community is coming together to replace stolen war memorial. >>> good morning. northbound 101 traffic looking pretty good heading out to the lower deck of the bay bridge. we'll tell you more about the morning commute. Ñç5xñóÑmñz?cç?çÑkÑkÑe- >>> welcome back to the ktvu channel 2 morning news. it's 5:14. new this morning the death toll from a series of bombings across pac partly cloudy is up to 120. three bombings targeted a billiards hall and a mosque. it was the deadliest day in pakistan in years. >>> later today the president of afghanistan meets with president obama at the white house. kyla. >> reporter: pam, the white house says we shouldn't expect any firm numbers or timeline to come out of today's talks but it's still a critical meeting. president obama and president hamid karzai will discuss how fast the u.s. will withdraw troops from afghanistan. the war formerly ends next year. but the u.s. military has proposed keeping
afghan president hamid karzai is going to the white house today. the reassurance u.s. leaders want from karzai as u.s. troops get ready to leave afghanistan. >>> all of california could feel the quake. >>> campbell soup in sacramento is about to close down. what employees were just told about their last day on the job. >>> new this morning from pakistan shiites in the city that was hit yesterday by several terror attacks that killed 120 people they are refusing to bury the dead. it's a protest to demand that the government do something to protect them from attacks by sunni extremists. >>> in less than an hour from right now a very critical meeting agains between president obama and hamid karzai. as kyla campbell reports the outcome could determine how many american troops come home this year. kyla. >> reporter: dave more than 60,000 u.s. troops are in afghanistan right now. president obama has not determined how many will leave the middle east this year. the u.s. war on terror in afghanistan officially ends next year. u.s. and nato forces are set to leave by the year of 2014. this year
today. president obama and hamid karzai sit down together, these are meeting now in washington. the latest in the trial of a woman who killed her boyfriend, denied she did it and then claimed it was really self-defense. why her lawyers asked for a mistrial. and the judge's decision. all "happening now." also new developments in the major flu outbreak that is gripping much of the country. the centers for disease control now saying 47 states are reporting wide-spread activity. good morning we hope you're not afflicted, i'm jon scott. jenna: i'm jenna lee. the c dc is also saying that the number of cases is decreasing in some states. maybe a little silver lining there. decreasing numbers is a good thing. but the earlier than usual flu season is taking a toll on millions as new vaccine shortages raise some tkerp concern that those who need it could miss-out on getting it. jonathan serrie is live with more on all of this. >> reporter: we are anticipating a cdc tell louisiana briefing in about half an hour. while 47 states are now reporting wide-spread flu activity cdc officials are
meets with the afghan president hamid karzai. the white house looks at the connection between video game and gun violence as battle lines form in the looming fight over gun control. >>> and a new report on the flu. we now have a clearer picture of where this epidemic stands. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." it's the longest war in u.s. history and now we're learninging new details about how president obama intends to end it for the united states. after meeting with hamid karzai at the white house, the president said the u.s. will probably be able to speed up, to accelerate plan troop withdraws. some americans will remain, presumably, their role, though, potentially becoming clearer. our white house correspondent brianna keilar is joining us. breakdown for us what came out of this meeting. >> reporter: wolf approximate, the main headline is afghan forces taking over control from u.s. forces and that was from president obama and president karzai, that is set to take place in the spring which is a slight acceleration. the other thing we heard from president karzai was that
with hamid karzai. no decision has been made for anthony's appeal to get the lying conviction thrown out. she is convicted of lying to police. the statements she used to police can't be used against her because she was not read her amanda rights. >>> across the country struggle to go keep up all of the people coming in with flu like illnesses. one set up a special tent outside. this is 29 states already reporting extremely high amounts of cases. >> we are live with the latest on what health officials there are dealing with. >> the flu is hitting harder and also hitting earlier especially here in northeast ohio. there were 134 cases of the flu that were reported last week and that was up 73 according to the cuyahoga county board of health. they are already putting restrictions in place. 30 minutes outside of cleveland they were packed with patients yesterday. they are now having to call in additional staff due to the influx of patients. they are limiting visitors. they are putting temporary restrictions in place asking for visitors to only come in if they are 19 and older they are also asking
president hamid karzai talking about america's future role in the war in afghanistan. the state department says several topics on the agenda but top of the agenda, whether any u.s. forces will stay behind after the drawdown date that has been established for 2014. >> a full range of issues are going to be discussed. the economic transitions, regional integrations, support for the afghan reconciliation efforts, those will all be central themes. bill: u.s. commanders in afghanistan proposing keeping 6 to 15,000 u.s. troops after 2014 but officials say the president will be opening to pulling all of them out? a news conference scheduled for later this afternoon. we'll have live coverage here on the channel on that. some suggestions you get into negotiations say we'll all leave unless you get your act together. we'll see how that goes at white house. joint press conference. >> so a jam-packed show for you on this friday morning. first a kidnapped 5-year-old is found 19 years later. so where has this little boy been for all these years? the clue that led the police to him, an unbelievable story
after next year. president obama will talk it over with the afghan presidentiden hamid karzai friday at the white house. venezuela's government said today that president hugo chavez is too ill to attend his swearing-in for a new term on thursday. chavez, who is 58, is in cuba for cancer treatment. he hasn't spoken publicly in a month. his vice president is filling in. chavez has made a career out of bashing the united states and allied himself with iran and syria. a painting by the artist henri matisse has been recovered 25 years after it was stolen from a swedish museum. an art dealer in england was putting it up for sale when he discovered that it was listed on an international registry of stolen artwork. he says the current owner bought it in good faith 20 years ago.at the painting is valued at $1 million. it will be returned to the museum. some of the most powerful creatures in the sea may one day disappear. we'll tell you why next. hey america, even though she doesn't need them, lisa rinna is wearing the depend silhouette briefs for charity to prove how great the fit is even und
a collapse of the fragile afghan state. >>> afghan president hamid karzai scheduled to meet with president obama on friday to discuss exactly this, the u.s. role in afghanistan beyond 2014. >>> now to business where the 787 dreamliner is turning into a bit of a night may for boeing as the airplanes are under investigation after back-to-back days of problems in boston. yesterday one of the jets spilled about 40 gallons of fuel on the runway at logan international airport. that's one day after an electrical fire caused by an exploding battery grounded a different dreamliner plane, also at logan airport. for more on boeing's troubles, let's go to jeff cutmoore in london. >> reporter: good morning to you. i suppose the good news here is ana has orders for 45 more jets, and they said we will to the change our orders. clearly this is a headache for boeing, because they have been beset by a slew of problems with the technicals on this wide-bodied jet. there are a whole bunch of other companies lined up here to take them, virgin airways, british airways, they will want to see some of these technic
president hamid karzai right now focusing on u.s.-afghan relations and troop levels. rich edson at the white house with the very latest. rich? >> well, ashley that is the real question in this relationship. after jean-rene fourtou when the nato -- after 2014 will there be any legal protection with the wind down in troops. president obama announcing a change in mission. take a listen. >> starting this spring, our troops will have a different mission training advising, assisting afghan forces. it will be a historic moment. >> president obama says we can expect the next drawdown announcement in the next few months. also at the white house starting really in less than 15, 20 minutes or so, vice president joe biden meeting with videogame executives. this is part of a lengthy series, going on for a week. vice president joe biden leading a coalition on gun violence. he will write a report or offer a report to the president. he will deliver it on tuesday. we have a head's up on which videogame companies will be here it includes a number of them. activision, electronic arts, epic games, software rati
pakistan. they don't trust hamid karzai coming here. you remarked in the book you think he was elected but to a lot of the folks, they just don't trust him. >> it's very difficult. president karzai is the elected landlord of the country. we can't view our partner nations that we can call the shots. that is not what we want with the partner. we want a sovereign nation that can be strong. think we need to look at it that way. that the effort that our current policy is trying to implement. >> neil: do you think this president even wants to be in this region? he was critical about the bellicose nature of the bush years and he wanted to reverse that. he was stuck with it coming in and he couldn't get request quicker leaving? >> i think all americans, when they look at the region now, it's where the thrift 9/11 emanated from. we've had a difficult decade. >> neil: what would you have done after 9/11? >> it's interesting, i thought a lot about this. i would have acted a little differently but only with hindsight. first thing i would have done is 10,000 young americans to language school. i wo
and homes on leesburg pike. work resumes next week. >>> today, president obama and afghan president hamid karzai will meet for the first time since president obama was re-elected. the leaders will discuss what the u.s.'s role in afghanistan will be when the war ends there next year. karzai had dinner last night with secretary of state hillary clinton. the meal came after the two had a private meeting. they also discussed the future afghanistan, including preparations for that country's elections next year. >>> funerals are being held today for some of the victims of yesterday's bombings in pakistan. at least 120 people died in the blast. it was the deadliest day in that country in years. more than half of the victims died in attacks on a billiards hall in southwest pakistan. a sunni militant group with ties to the pakistani taliban is claiming responsibility for the bombings. >>> new this morning, an apparent hostage situation inside a los angeles mall that's still going on. l.a. police say two armed men somehow got into a mall at lax about two hours after closing last night. they believe
president hamid karzai at the white house and they are discussing several topics include what can the role of the u.s. will be in the country of afghanistan. what afghanistan will be when the war ends next year. this is the first time the two leaders have met face-to-face since president obama was re-elected. a news conference is scheduled for 1:15 this afternoon. you can watch it live right here on news4. we'll also stream it live on nbcwashington.com. >>> and the pentagon is bracing for another budget battle on capitol hill taking steps to prepare to deal with billions of dollars in cuts. defense secretary leon panetta is asking his department to brace for those cuts if congress fails to reach an agreement on a final spending plan. the defense department will start freezing civilian hiring and it plans to delay awarding some contracts. and hold off on some maintenance as well. the pentagon is facing nearly a half trillion in cuts over a decade. >> and inauguration day is now just over a week away. this morning, a big change in plans. the pastor who was supposed to give the ben diction at
you think about that? >> well i think that is a losing proposition for hamid karzai. it's a losing proposition for is too. look, this legal question of immunity may sound kind of abstract and technical but it's absolutely critical. the united states is not going to put its armed forces or its diplomats or its contractors under afghan law. they are representing sovereign american interests and our law controls. that's a point we have insisted on around the world for years. now this is a bargaining position by hamid karzai. tough negotiation can handle it but it is not something we should give in on. jenna: we didn't get that immunity from the iraqi government and we did withdraw all of our troops out of that country. do you think there's a real possibility that that could be the case in afghanistan? that we do not find common ground here? >> look, i think this is an excuse and think the obama administration which wanted to find a way not to keep our troops in iraq, wants to find a way not to keep our troops in afghanistan. i think this is a guaranty for a taliban takeover, resurgenc
.s. troops from afghanistan with president hamid karzai today. karzai made the rounds in washington this week including dinner with secretary of state hillary clinton. an afternoon news conference is set after discussions on the future u.s. role in afghanistan. he also met with defense secretary leon panetta at the pentagon. he reportedly had a western list of military equipment including drones and helicopters. >> be able to provide security to his people and to protect [ indiscernible ] >> the obama administration warns not to expect anything firm on troop numbers that come out of today's meeting. >>> 6:19. the colorado movie theater shooting suspect facing arraignment today. a judge ruled there is enough evidence now for james holmes to go on trial on all of the 166 counts against him. but his lawyers say there is -- they are not ready to enter a plea for their client yet. he is accused of killing 12 and injuring 70 in the shooting last summer. >>> the flu is spreading fast and now the makers of flu vaccine and tamiflu for kids is running sho
afghanistan with president hamid karzai today. he made the rounds in washington this week including dinner with secretary of state hillary clinton. an afternoon news conference is set after discussions on the future u.s. role in afghanistan. white house officials say the president will not announce any decisions whether any u.s. forces will stay behind after the war formally ends in 2014. >>> don't look now but california is steaming toward a budget surplus maybe for the foreseeable future, too. governor brown released his $145 billion budget yesterday complete with an $851 million surplus. schools are the big winners. k-12 and community colleges get an extra $3 billion. medi-cal gets an extra $350 billion and a billion will go into the rainy day fund. the key is to hold the line now on spending, governor brown says. >> what i think is compassionate, what is good for the state of california, and what we can maintain over time instead of just enjoying a momentary high and then having the hangover many years later. >> the bad news, california still has a m
-term united states presence and role in afghanistan. president obama is meeting with afghan president hamid karzai at the white house this morning. the u.s. wants to turn over all combat missions to the afghan troops by the end of next year. >>> an indiana boy kidnapped in 1994 has been found in minnesota. when he was 5-year-old richard wayne landers was taken by his father's parents after his parents divorced. landers now 24 years old was living under a different name but he used the same social security number. >>> "usa today" says facebook shares are climbing they're up more than 78% in the last four months, on thursday the stock closed at $31.30 facebook stock is up almost 18% since january 1st. >>> and san diego will be as cold as boston tonight, a cold front will force temperatures to drop below freezing in some areas. the cold snap comes after snow snarled traffic on interstate 5 through the grapevine. >>> and a powerful slow-moving storm socked louisiana with heavy rain and flooding. governor bobby jindal declared a statewide state of emergency. at least one su
's the possibility that the united states will pull out all troops next year. afghan president hamid karzai will meet with president obama at the white house on friday. >>> wedding bells will soon be ringing for same-sex couples at a historic church in washington, d.c. cathedral officials say the washington national cathedral will be among the first episcopal congregations to implement a new rite of marriage for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders. they will announce the new policy today. the cathedral has been used for presidential inaugural prayer services and state funerals for president reagan and president ford. >>> sciences that congress needs some pr help when your approval rating is lower than roaches. >> pathetic. the polls say the replacement rest of did a better job than congress. they were asked to compare their favorability with others. they are more popular than genghis kahn. >> what's wrong with nickelbacks? >> they can only go up from 9%. >>> time now 6:08. he is accused of trying to poison his girlfriend. >> so why will a san rafa
at this hour. president meeting with afghan president hamid karzai. they are holding a joint news conference right now. president obama may also be asked about gun control and debt ceiling as well. if he is, we will take you back live to the white house. sue? >> indeed we will, ty. in today's yahoo finance question of the day, we asked, more than 19 billion flowing into u.s. equity funds this week. highest uptick since 2000. are you getting back into the game in 32% say yes, i'm getting back into stocks. 25% say i'm cautious but thinking of getting back in. 43% say no, i'm staying on the side lines. >> let's see what is coming up on "street signs." 2:00 p.m. eastern time with mandy. >> absolutely, sue. we are kind of at an inflexion point. multiyear lows for vix. where do we go from here? we will lay it out with a bull and bear case. also our americans cool again. a hiring spree and we also asked to you tweet in your favorite car or truck under $100,000. we will reveal some of the result and show ours as well. all of those things coming up on this friday edition of "street signs." sue, back
about today. president obama welcomes afghanistan's president hamid karzai. the two will discuss the nature of the troop presence in afghanistan after 2014, which is when the nato combat mission is declared over. the obama administration floated the idea of removing american troops all together. president karzai met with secretary of state clinton last night over dinner. and joe biden plans to deliver recommendations from the gun control task force to the president on tuesday. yesterday, the vice president met with representatives on various sides of the issue. the former head of a movie industry group argued movies aren't behind the violence. the nra step ahead way from discussions and said they were in attack of second amendment. dan lothian has been following developments for us this morning. sol folks said they see some consensus in some areas. when you listen to what the nra said, they sounded very disappointed with the meetings. >> that's right. we sort of expect thad coming in. it wasn't a very big, bold expectation from the nra, saying they were coming to simply listen to
to meet afghanistan's president, hamid karzai at the white house friday. focus to make sure there's a smooth security handover to the afghan government when nato forces leave afghanistan next year. it's still unclear how many u.s. troops will remain to train afghan security forces and focus on counterterrorism. chris lawrence outlines the proposals for the transition. >> reporter: the options are on the table. at the low end, a little more than 6,000 troops, mostly special operations forces hunting terrorists with a small amount of training for afghan forces. the 10,000 option would still focus on al qaeda, but would add conventional troops to expand afghan training. a 15,000 option would include even more conventional troops to go on limited patrols and give afghans even more support. some experts say, forget that last option. 15,000. >> it's not politically tenable in congress, it's not doable of a budget execution perspective. >> reporter: analyst stephanie sanok worked in baghdad and developed options for the iraq drawdown. between war fatigue and spending cuts the middle opti
of this dangerous flu. >>> afghan president hamid karzai meets with president obama at the white house. they will discuss america's troop presence in afghanistan in 2014. they held talks over dinner. >>> good news for american couples in the process of adopting russian children. a controversial russian law banning adoptions by americans, signed by president putin last month, will be put into place next year. one more year. it was supposed to take affect this month, that means that some adoptions can proceed giving families who are so, so close new hope. >>> and one dumb criminal has a painful reminder of a robbery gone wrong. check this out. a thief caught on surveillance video ramming into an atm machine at a store in miami-dade, florida, and walking away holding thinks shoulder. this after two crooks tried to pull it out with a chain attached to a car. they failed. they are wanted in another atm robbery earlier in the day. and news flash. the companies that make atm companies, they know the dumb criminals will try to steal them, so they make them so they don't move. >> that takes the
. on friday the president of afghanistan, hamid karzai is expected to be here at the white house. that has us all looking at tomorrow as the official date for this. the reasoning behind that, yes, he has been in on all of the budget fights. he spent all of last few years really of his career in washington, d.c. in the federal government. he spent a few years at citigroup. he was the chief operating officer at the alternative investment unit but has spent the bulk of his time in government. now as for whether or not he will be confirmed by the senate one republican senator says he will face opposition. >> it is a bumpy confirmation process. i think the american people need to know that the secretary of treasury will tell them the truth about the financial conditions of this country. he will help lay out a plan that can be analyzed and studied and will hold up under scrutiny. and they haven't done that from the white house yet. he has been an architect of their failure to lead. >> other republicans criticized jack lew isn't necessarily someone who wants to cut a deal. he was difficult to work w
have the president of the united states and hamid karzai airing live at 1:00. >> sounds like an easy booking right there. andrea mitchell, thank you so much. >>> next, "the new york times'" gail collins joins us on set. keep it right here on "morning joe." ♪ aww man. [ male announcer ] returns are easy with free pickup from the u.s. postal service. we'll even drop off boxes if you need them. visit usps.com pay, print, and have it picked up for free. any time of year. ♪ nice sweater. thank you. ♪ >>> president obama will nominate his chief of staff over at the white house, jack lew, to be the next treasury secretary. >> it's going to be his signature, right, on the bottom of all our currency. it will look something like this. >> that -- that's your signature? or are you just testing to see if the pen works? hey, lew, here's a tip. stop signing all your checks on the teacup ride at disney world. the only way that you're allowed to have that as your signature is if your name is boing! >> he does have a funny signature. welcome back to "morning joe." richard wolffe and donny deutsc
conference between president obama and president hamid karzai of afghanistan prepared -- of afghanistan. you can see it on c-span as well as listen to it on c-span radio or watch c-span.org for more information. the new -- specifically looking at the guantanamo bay detention center. it is the 11th anniversary of the center. today, the new america foundation will host a discussion taking a look and taking a look at the future of those there. it will start momentarily. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013] >> welcome to the new america foundation. it is the 11th anniversary of the opening of guantanamo. we have an exceptionally well- informed, to talk about that. we have pretty much the same group, exactly the same group speaking in this room one year ago. i asked and the worthington how many people have been released since the event one year ago and the answer is four there is still 166 detainee's at guantanamo the question that this panel -- the big question is -- is the obama administration moving towards a policy of
president hamid karzai is in washington this week to meet with the president and other senior officials. this is an hour and a half. i am delighted to have you all. distinguished guests. it is pretty rare to get three extraordinary ambassador sitting next to one another. each has tremendous familiarity with the subject. the council has been working on these issues for a number of years. this is the fourth anniversary of our south asia center. some of you may remember a few years ago the council did a substantial report with respect to afghanistan. the then-head of the council became the national security adviser, jim jones. we followed up on the work continuously over the last several years. this is the latest installment, if you will. i think you all know we are at an inflection point, with respect to afghanistan. a lot of important decisions coming. president karzai is here to meet with president obama on friday. what is said here, i am sure, will shape the contours of that meeting. we have ambassador james dobbins, who was our u.s. ambassador to afghanistan, among many other things.
. president obama meets hamid karzai at the white house on friday. >> we'll hear more with karzai's meeting with obama. >>> the "l.a. times" says last year was the hottest year on record. the average temperature 55.3 degrees, that is 3.3 degrees higher than the average temperature for the 20th century. >>> the "wall street journal" says the 11th hour deal to avoid the fiscal cliff will delay tax refunds for millions of people. the irs will not begin the main tax filing season until january 30th, about a week later than scheduled. >>> and "the washington post" says redskins quarterback robert griffin iii will have knee surgery in the coming days. you may recall the controversy on sunday as griffin played hurt in a redskins playoff game leaving injured in the fourth quarter. griffin has at least one torn knee ligament the injury might keep him sidelined at the start of next season. >>> and "usa today" reports major league baseball dugouts are finally going wireless. t-mobile is creating an on-field communication system, it will do away with the old dugout phones that >>>
. president obama will meet with afghan president hamid karzai at house and it will u.s.ss the future of the role and afghanistan. newschannel 8 will have an in- a few report coming up in moments. commuteday morning part is great. on 66, this is what we are finding outside and inside the beltway. you can catch a break outside the teddy roosevelt bridge. we do have an accident in montgomery county which you can get through. redland road but the tow truck is there. good morning, the weekend looks good but today you might want to grab your umbrella. some showers are expected this afternoon, 30 degrees right now so it is a mild start. this shows is the clotting is pushing in and there are very showers trying to develop mostly cloudy today with late day rain, 47-53, and the weekend looks great. at 8:56.l be back ♪ >>> d.j. ms. nix this morning. we need that music this morning. it's a little chilly. before we get to anything else this half hour, we have a special announcement, coming up from robin on monday that everyone is going to want to tune in for. everyone's going to want to hear. t
visit with the afghan president hamid karzai. what do they hope to accomplish? >> reporter: that's right, wolf. they will have a bilateral meeting. you can already see the flag of afghanistan flying over the blair house. that is where he will be staying while here in washington. we're told by white house aides that they will be talking about security, political and the economic transition. that, of course, is very key as the u.s. looks to 2014 to withdrawing from afghanistan. they will be talking about what the u.s. footprint will look like in afghanistan after 2014. they will have their bilateral meeting and also a working lunch and then a joint press conference, wolf. >> we'll be watching that. thanks very much, dan lothian. >>> all right. this just coming in to "the situation room." new photos of a retired fbi agent who's been missing since 2007. robert levin son's family released the photos. he vanished while working as a private investigator while working in iran. there is a mirror and chains in view. the other shows him holding up a sign with a grammatical error in it suggesting th
, clinton's schedule lists several white house meetings midweek and talks with afghan president hamid karzai thursday and friday. aides say she's also meeting with staff behind the scenes. but when it compaes to her futu, says her friend and come democratic political analyst hillary rosen, clinton is not rushing any decisions. >> everybody for the next two years is going to talk to her about whether or not she's going to run for president. i think she's expecting that. i think she's grown, you know, quite a thick skin and kind of laughing it off and not feeling pressure to follow anybody else's timetable. >> reporter: but even if hillary clinton isn't planning to run in 2016, she can't afford to look weak or incapacitated right now. her aides indicate she's going to try to use every available minute in these last few weeks and make them count. wolf. >> let's hope for the best for her. we wish her only the best. glad to see her out and about. i thought she looks terrific today when she left her house. she seemed pretty excited about all those little gifts and all the welcoming back statements
. president obama meets with afghan president hamid karzai on friday. >>> prosecutors are winding down their case in the preliminary hearing for accused aurora, colorado, movie theater shooter james holmes. on tuesday detectives testified holmes spent more than two months assembling the arsenal used in last july's shooting rampage that killed 12 people and wounded dozens more. witnesses described the booby trap system rigged in his apartment and said he showed bizarre behavior after his arrest, playing with paper bags placed on his hands to preserve gunpowder evidence as though they were puppets. the hearing will determine whether holmes will stand trial. his lawyers have said he is mentally ill. >>> washington's national cathedral will soon perform same-sex marriages. the cathedral's dean calls the move the next step for marriage equality. that new policy is being announced today. >>> governmentorecasters say last year was america's hottest year on record. for the entire year the average temperature was 55.3 degree, that's a full degree warmer than the old record setback in 1998. at t
. this afternoon to take you to a press brief big the president and afghan president hamid karzai and it is how many troops will remain in afghanistan next year when the president has said that the war will be officially over. the u.s. troop withdrawal will occur and that is why we wanted to bring you the event live. right now there are 66,000 forces in afghanistan and so many questions about what the country will look like after the united states leaves since the war began more than 2,000 american service members have lost their lives and another 18,000 have been wounded. karzai's often been critical of the united states, but he wants forces to remain. he was at the pentagon yesterday meeting with leon panetta and met with with secretary clinton last night. u.s. officials are talking about a zero option after next year with no forces remaining behind in afghanistan. that is an area of concern for president karzai, because he would like a more robust force to help with the training of afghan forces there. kristen welker is at the white house at the east room awaiting the two leaders. kristen, w
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